• Omega Center for Sustainable Living - courtesy of Omega Institute
  • Talliaferro Farms - Bounty of the Valley - photo by Jennifer May
  • 10% Challenge Campaign
  • Start Seeing Bikes Rally, Kingston 2010
  • Fountain Dance - photo by Anne Wiesen

Climate change is the challenge of our era.
Dealing with it dynamically can be the economic engine of a lifetime.

Sustainable Hudson Valley's mission is to speed up the shift to a low-carbon economy with high quality of life for all, by bringing people together with knowledge, tools, community and a sense of the possible.

Research shows that people are best able to deal with the climate crisis, and take action, when they are invited into a conversation about the local implications of a changing climate, from extreme weather to food security; when the call to action is based on values (not narrow self-interest or the illusion of convenience); and when they are part of a group conversation which helps bring home the reality to participants and allows them to make and witness commitments to action. Across the spectrum of issues and opportunities, we engage communities in “wake-up conversations” to establish a climate action pathway that plays to each community’s strengths and promotes visible transformation.

Kingston Climate Communications - Kingston Renewables Strategy - Mid-Hudson Solar Initiatives - Eco-Districts for Small Communities - Energy Outreach Strategies

Solar SummerSolar Summer is an extravaganza of education and inspiration brought to you by Sustainable Hudson Valley in partnership with Catskill Mountainkeeper and many others.

We are educating citizens on what it takes to go solar in New York today.

Find out more with the following resources:

What you need to know to go solar at home now [.pdf]
Solar Summer Reading from Mid-Hudson Libraries [.pdf]

We are educating local leaders about how to make communities solar friendly - from zoning to financing — with a free workshop July 15 on Creating Solar-Friendly Communities.

Your support is what will keep it going!

Give generously and help us raise $10K by Labor Day.

Support us with $100 or more and you’ll receive a free copy of Renewable Energies for Your Home by Russell Gehrke or Solar Power for Your Home by David Findley (McGraw-Hill Green Guru Guides)

Cool City Café - A Meeting of Hearts and Minds in Support of Kingston’s Climate Action Plan

Kingston is a leading member of New York’s Climate Smart Communities program, with commitments in 2014 to reduce energy waste, develop a renewable energy strategy, improve the energy performance of city buildings and get the community involved. The World Café is an inventive, empowering approach to “creating the future through conversations that matter.” Join the Cool City Café on Facebook

World Café GuidelinesJuly 16, 2014
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Kirkland Hotel, Corner of Main and Fair Streets, Kingston, NY
Refreshments and art supplies will be provided.
$5 suggested donation

Register by July 15


Highlights 2007 - 2013

Calls to action

  • 8 major conferences and summits
  • Mid-Hudson Regional Sustainability Plan community engagement

Strategic frameworks

  • Rising Waters scenario plan with over 200 stakeholders
  • “Local First” economic strategy modeled in Northern Dutchess
  • Green Building Materials & Products Directory

Tools for collaboration

  • Taking Action for Sustainability Planning Guide
  • Hudson Valley Green Map
  • Placemaking in a Changing Climate training program

Support for local change initiatives

  • Hudson, Red Hook, Warwick and Woodstock 10% Challenge campaigns
  • Energize Warwick
  • Kingston Climate Smart Pledge
  • Middle Main Revitalization, Poughkeepsie